Institution of Engineering and Technology recognises 15 exemplary innovators in industry
The world's most revolutionary and forward-thinking inventions in science, engineering and technology were recognised last night at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Innovation Awards in Central London.
A total of 15 winners were recognised for their outstanding contributions to innovation, and were presented with their prestigious awards by Gadget Show host Ortis Deley.
Many of the inventions honoured are strong examples of technology created for social development in categories such as sustainability, healthcare and transport. Double-award winner Desolenator is a sustainable water system which purifies and desalinates all forms of water through the power of the sun – which has the potential to give millions of people access to clean drinking water.
Morgan Innovation and Technology was recognised for developing 'Salurate', a non-invasive, needle-free, saliva test that pregnant women can take to test for pre-eclampsia in the comfort of their own homes. In addition, NATS & Lockheed Martin have developed the world's first Air Traffic Management tool utilising a time based separation algorithm. Implemented at Heathrow Airport to optimise landing rate, it has significantly reduced delays for travellers since installed – and helped to further the field of infrastructure technology.
Other breakthrough innovations which were awarded a top prize include Metrasens and Fripp Design and Research. Metrasens has developed quasi-static magnetic measurements that can be used to detect for contraband detection in prisons – this already proving to be a commercial success. Fripp Design and Research has created 'Picsima', the world's first 3D silicone printer, capable of making geometric moulds for use in industry and medicine which are usually highly costly and complex.
The winners of the awards were chosen from over 300 entries from 28 countries.
The 2015 IET Innovation Award winners are:
• Asset Management – BT Plc, for exchange maintenance mapping
• Built Environment – National Grid Electricity Transmission, The University of Manchester and 3M, for audible noise assessment of high-temperature low-sag ACCR conductor
• Communications – The University of Warwick and York University Canada, for molecular communications through nano-scale applications
• Emerging Technology Design – Aeristech Ltd, for 'eSupercharger', an electric supercharger which creates extreme automotive engine downsizing
• Healthcare Technologies – Morgan Innovation and Technology Ltd, for their 'Salurate', a salivary test for pre-eclampsia
• Information Technology – QinetiQ, for its Distributed Synthetic Air Land Training (DSALT) facility
• Intelligent Systems – Energy Intelligence Inc, for recycling wasted vehicular kinetic energy to power intelligent energy systems
• Manufacturing Technology – Fripp Design and Research, for Picsima, the world's first 3D printer of silicone
• Measurement in Action – Metrasens Ltd, for developing quasi-static magnetic measurements which can be used for security applications/contraband detection in prisons
• Model-Based Engineering – Furrer+Frey, for its funnel which simulates reality: a high speed system for 25kV electrification of railway tunnels in UK
• Navigation & Surveillance Communications –Dr Fred Moxley, for the Polariton Interferometer, a novel inertial navigation system
• Power / Energy – Chinook Sciences Ltd, for creating energy from a waste plant using innovative advanced thermal technology
• Start-up – Desolenator, for creating a solar-powered water purification system
• Sustainability – Desolenator, for creating a solar-powered water purification system
• Transport – NATS and Lockheed Martin, for an air traffic management tool which utilises time based separation, delivering innovative algorithms into safety related environments
Naomi Climer, IET President, said:
"The IET Innovation Awards are one of the main highlights of the engineering calendar, and this year the standard was exceptionally high.
"From advancing social change and improving healthcare, to developing infrastructure, hundreds of quality entries from all over the globe vied for a top prize and we're thrilled to announce the 15 winning innovations and recognise the talents of their creators.
"By celebrating excellence and innovation in our industry, we very much hope that the Innovation Awards will continue to inspire other bright sparks to excel and create, challenging the boundaries of technology in order to improve our everyday lives."